Some people find that dentures make them salivate a lot. This can be uncomfortable and embarrassing in social situations. The reason this occurs is that dentures can make the body think you have food in your mouth, so it produces saliva. This may seem odd because dentures also make your body think you have nonfood in your mouth, leading to gagging, but it’s just all part of the complex system in the mouth.
The good news is that for most people excess salivation passes fairly quickly. It just takes a few days for your body to adapt to the presence of dentures.
It’s vital that you keep your dentures in during a period of excess salivation. It’s the only way your body will learn to adapt to them and stop salivating excessively when you have them in. This may seem easier said than done, but here’re some tips to help you get through.
Don’t assume there’s a problem. It’s normal to experience excess salivation during the first days of wear–it’s not necessarily a sign that there’s something wrong with your dentures.
Remain calm: If you worry too much about excess salivation, it can make the period of adjustment worse. Keep yourself active and occupied so you don’t think about your dentures all the time.
Talk about it: Issues with dentures are easier to deal with if you have help to deal with them. Find some friends who have dentures and share experiences with them. Chances are, they went through something similar. If you don’t have friends you can turn to, you can talk to your dentist, and he may be able to refer you to other patients who can help.
Medication: There are medications available that can cut down on your salivation, but we prefer to make them the last resort, if nothing else allows you to keep your dentures in during the adaptation period.
In some cases, excess saliva doesn’t go away in a few days. If it persists past the adaptation period, it’s likely that your dentures are pressing on nerves or glands that stimulate saliva production. Some ways this happens are:
If you are looking for better-fitting dentures that can help you avoid problems like excess salivation, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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